Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Friday, 26 May 2006
"Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine!?" A CRUMMY AD? All that work to get SOLD to? haha dumb kid, that would NEVER happen in THIS day and age, we're too SMART for that...
Friday, 26 May 2006 12:55:15 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Misc#
Wednesday, 24 May 2006

I had to attend a meeting at one of the local hotels after work today, and fortunately they had some "refreshments" afterwards which put a positive spin on an otherwise useless two hours of listening to people drone on in Dilbert Management-speak.

I chose to leave at just the right time though, as we came down the stairs from the mezzanine to the lobby, I saw someone who looked vaguely familiar. We fell into step ahead of them, and as I reached the door, I turned and looked over my shoulder, and sure enough, it was The Nature Boy, Ric Flair himself. He was with his family, and they were headed across the road for dinner, so I didn't bother him or yell WOOOOO in his face or anything because hey, if I'm on vacation, the last thing I want to do is have someone call me up and say "My computer won't work..."

If I see him around again though, and he isn't eating or talking to someone, I might say hi and ask politely if I could take a picture with him :)

 

Update: I was out by the airport today and the WWE corporate jet is out there, so it wasn't just a lookalike, it was the stylin' and profilin' nature boy himself :)

Wednesday, 24 May 2006 17:17:34 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Sports#
Saturday, 20 May 2006
So another year has come and gone. The world has changed so much in the last 33 years that it's hard sometimes to grasp the changes. Things that don't change in 33 years or even 100 years are good friends. Last night I saw an outpouring of love (and jager) that you just don't see very often anymore.
Saturday, 20 May 2006 09:19:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Pictures#
Friday, 19 May 2006

14 or so shots, plus whatever I drank tonight between them. more to ome tomorrow, plus pics... and edmonton won

! woo hoo! never thought Id be cheerinbg for edomonton.. in the meantime check out bluemile.ca for some fine Canadian ta-tas :)

 

peace, out

 

-M

Friday, 19 May 2006 22:20:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | #
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
DSC_00042.jpgIt's a bit hard to see in this picture, in hindsight I should have lowered the camera angle to get a better shot, but hey, it's a cameraphone. Expecting good things from a cameraphone (even when it's rated at 1.3 megapixels, the same as my first digital camera) is like, well.. whatever.

If you CAN'T make it out, the "good stuff", the Esso 8000 is KYD$4.38/gallon. That's USD$5.34 per gallon according to XE.com today. Fortunately it's Imperial Gallons, so that makes it a little better, but not by much. Today I filled up my Vespa scooter and it cost me $5.87. That $5.87 will last me at least a week, unless I make a trek out to East End again with the Cayman Scooter Brigade (website coming soon ;) ) Compared to my 4 cyl 2.5l Jeep, which cost me on average $25/week just to run back and forth to work (sitting in traffic) and around on my own time (always within 5 miles of home) and it's a huge savings.

Today it rained. Yay for gardens, Yikes for scooter riders. It wasn't so bad. It wasn't raining that hard, not like that day in January that I wrote about being Le Suck. The worst of today was wondering how much dirt that was sitting on the road was flying around in the spray from everyone's tires. Even if it were raining harder, the only thing I would have done different would have been to put on my rain pants, as well. As it was, my pants got wet, but they needed to be washed anyway.

One of the RSS feeds that I check on a fairly regular basis is Autoblog. Every now and then they post articles about scooters, and today they posted two. One was about a 3-wheeled scooter that Piaggio is releasing. The weird thing about the "MP3" trike as they call it, is that the two wheels are IN FRONT as opposed to behind like a traditional tricycle/big wheel. It looks weird, but cool at the same time. The other one was aggregating a post from autobloggreen.com (note to self, check that site out, too) and wrote "According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales went from 12,000 in 1997 to 113,000 in 2005 as people discovered the scooter's fuel-sipping100  mpg and its ability to zip through traffic snarls."

I tend to disagree a little but about the 100mpg thing, realistically I've tracked it to be about 60mpg in real-life driving. It's still better than the 25 that my Jeep is rated for and probably closer to 20 that I get with it. It ends the article with "And just like their motorcycle brethren, scooter riders are joining clubs, Internet forums, and organizing weekend rides." Unfortunately, the island is only 22 miles long, but fortunately it's sunny and warm (except today) and you have a gorgeous ocean view for most of the ride.
Tuesday, 16 May 2006 15:04:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Jeep | Scooter#
Thursday, 11 May 2006

John and I popped in to the Triple Crown pub for lunch on Sunday. I was still in breakfast mode, but Eats only serves til noon and it was about 1:00. John says they make the best sandwiches on the island: he ordered a ham & cheese, and sure enough, it looked like hand-carved chunks of ham off of a roast. Fortunately for me, they have two breakfasts on their menu all day long. I ended up having the breakfast wrap, which was some thick Irish bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese in a big tortilla and came with some home fries. Just what the Doctor ordered. :) The other breakfast onthe menu is an "all-day Fry up" which is bacon, sausage, eggs, hashed browns, tomatoes, baked beans, black pudding (ugh) and toast. That'll be for next time.

While we were there, we ran into Debbie & Tex and they told me about the Pub Quiz night they were having on Thursday night (tonight) and recruited me for their team. I showed up around 8:00 tonight and they were late starting and didn't get going til 9ish. It dragged on a bit long, too and by the time they got around to announcing the winners, there was so much smoke in the room that it was hazy looking up at the 'stage' where they were working from and my eyes were buuurning. My clothes stink so bad I left them on the floor outside my bedroom.

The place was PACKED. They had set a limit of 15 teams of four, but as they got going, they actually had 21 teams. 84 people (82 of which were chain-smoking all night) keeping the bartenders busy. If nothing else, it's a great draw to fill the coffers.

I'd played NTN before, but this was my first time through at a 'British-Style' pub quiz, and even though it was different from what I knew, I saw a bunch of people who I havent seen since we used to play NTN Trivia on Tuesday nights at PD's Pub, back before the hurricane. PD's is open now (post still to come) but no NTN at the moment.

There were five rounds, fifteen questions each: Movies, Music, General, Trivia and Sports. After the first two rounds, we were in second with 24 points, and one team had a perfect score of 30. Then we got to the Sports round and it all went into the toilet. I'm not saying that I'm weak at sports, but the questions were about "name the club that plays at xxx grounds" which is some team somewhere in Scotland. Unless you follow the Scottish league, you'd prbbaly never know. There was a question about Darts, a question about weight classes in IBF (not WBA) boxing, one about cricket, two golf, one FEMALE pool/billiards question, two about rugby and finally one "for the Yanks"... name the field that the St Louis Cardinals play at. Needless to say, we got a big fat goose-egg on that round. We went into the last round in 4th place with 32 points (two tied at 38 and the leaders at 40) and somehow managed to finish out of the top 10, even though we got the bulk of the questions in the last round right.

Debs asked me if I would come out again (this was the first night they did it I think and the host was a friend of hers so she was trying to drum up some people and make him look good) and I have to say yes, I'd do it again, although they need to NOT drag it on SO much, and they really need to do something about the smoke in there. Im not a rabid anti-smoker, but the air was so thick you could practically see the cancer cells floating around the room looking for someone to land on.

Next time out theyre going to have bigger teams (6s instead of 4s) so more people can join in without it taking forever to run the show.

Thursday, 11 May 2006 21:08:45 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
Tuesday, 02 May 2006

As soon as I saw the first line of this email, I was already thinking of Snopes and how I was going to reply-all back saying it was a hoax, but it actually wasn't a hoax email at all.

Takiacloseup.jpgHi Everyone, it's Livia. I'm very sorry for the mass email, but I have a huge favor to ask and I hate asking favors but this one is important. I need to find a home for Takia, a Cayman mixed puppy that's about 3 years old...The original owner left her behind when she was pregnant and I took her in as I couldn't "let her run free" like he suggested before he left. She had 6 beautiful puppies that I took really good care of and found good homes for (I even had a screening process). I haven't heard from him at all since he left the island in January and I have been stuck with this situation since. I had to put Takia at the Humane society the past couple of months because of my living situation. Last week I thought I had some good luck by finding her a home but the guy decided that he wanted a puppy. I don't want to give her back to the Humane Society because I think she'll be on the list for being put down and this is why I'm sending this mass email out to see if you guys know anyone who'll take her in. She loves affection and is a great outdoor dog. Very low maintenance as well as very loyal. The short time that I did have her she just had Love written all over her face when she looked at me. She isn't fixed yet but I am willing to pay for this procedure as long as she is going to a good home. Please pass the word around to everyone you know who might be interested. I just don't want her life to be doomed because of someone's foolishness and irresponsibility. I've attached a picture of her so you know what she looks like. Thank you sooooo much for reading this mail, I really appreciate it. Hopefully we can find her a permanent home, she deserves it after all she's been through.

If anyone wants Livia's phone number, just email me

Tuesday, 02 May 2006 14:55:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman#
Yesterday, NOAA issued a test alert of their system, and a news agency in New Orleans (can't blame em for being gunshy) missed the "this is a test" part of the message and published it.
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 11:04:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Hurricane#
Monday, 01 May 2006
April 1st seems like a long time ago. So long ago in fact, that I don't remember what the weather was like. I'll take a wild guess though: SUNNY AND WARM.
Monday, 01 May 2006 20:59:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Cayman | Pictures#
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